My dad is having heart bypass surgery. Making his recovery comfortable?
January 30, 2013 5:28 AM Subscribe
My dad is having heart bypass surgery. How can we make his recovery more comfortable and more interesting?
posted by Captain Chesapeake to health & fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My 70 year old father is having open heart surgery tomorrow. He's generally in somewhat good health and this surgery is being undertaken as a preventative measure. A blockage in his cardiac artery was not treatable with angioplasty or a stent. I want to know how I can make the next few weeks more comfortable for him. I'm assuming he'll be in a lot of pain early into the recovery, probably on pretty strong pain medicines. Once he starts coming to, how can I make his immediate environment more comfortable? What should we treat (as in YAY treat) him with? What can we do that would make his recovery awesome? Foot massages? Keep the curtains closed/open? Buy him an iPad? He's a pretty introverted guy whose favorite pastimes are yardwork and reading.